Genealogy Update for Monday, October 1, 2018

Genealogy Update for Monday, October 1st, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

The Latest Genealogy News from Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy via Genealogy Update

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, October 1, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Friday, October 1st, 2018:

A Quiet Start to Family History Month

I hope you had a good weekend and I want to welcome you to National Family History Month! In addition, October is also German-American Heritage Month and Italian-American Heritage month.

This year’s celebrations seem to have started off rather quietly . . . no big announcements and no big sales. As the weather turns cooler here in the Northern Hemisphere, expect to see more online activity in the genealogy community including a focus on search resources and research methodology.

How do you plan to celebrate Family History Month? Have you considered gathering your current research into a format that you can share with family and friends? Remember that the Christmas holiday is not too far off . . . and if you want to create a family tree print or a family history book, you’ll need some lead time!

Check in at Abundant Genealogy ( for our upcoming Family History Holiday Gifting Guide with info on genealogy-related items you can create to give as gifts this holiday season.

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with Each day they scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights:

Save 35% on Helix DNA Test – National Geographic! National Geographic Geno 2.0 is an ancestry DNA test that helps you discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed and learn the details of your deep ancestral makeup. Here’s some of what you’ll get:

  • Follow the route: A breakdown of your regional ancestry by percentage, going as far back as 500,000 years
  • A deeper story: Reveal the anthropological story of your ancestors, from where they lived to how they migrated
  • Hominin origins: A percentage of how much your DNA is similar to our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals
  • Your famous relatives: Learn which historical geniuses, like Benjamin Franklin and Nikola Tesla, you might be related to

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That’s all there is for now in terms of genealogy and family history news. Check back soon for further updates!


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.